The Union (band)

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Not to be confused with Union (band).
The Union
Origin UK
Genres Hard rock, blues-rock.
Years active 2009–present
Labels Payola Records
Associated acts Thunder, Winterville
Website Official website
Members Luke Morley
Peter Shoulder
Chris Childs
Phil Martini
Dave McCluskey
Past members Geoff Holroyde

The Union are an English rock band formed in 2009 by Luke Morley, guitarist for Thunder, and Peter Shoulder, formerly of Winterville.[1][2]

History[edit]

Formation and The Union[edit]

After the breakup of Thunder in August 2009, guitarist Luke Morley announced that he had formed a new group with Pete Shoulder, whose previous band, Winterville, had split in 2007. The band was to be called The Union. The pair had met each other eight years previously and had "worked together ever since whenever our previous commitments allowed us time".[1] Chris Childs (also previously in Thunder) and Phil Martini (from Down 'n' Outz) were later named as the bassist and drummer respectively for the band, although not as 'full' members of the group, as they intend to have a more "fluid line-up".[3]

The Union made their live debut on 15 December 2009, at The Relentless Garage in London. The show was filmed for a live DVD, which was released with their debut album.[4] It was announced in February 2010 that the band were to play at that year's inaugural High Voltage Festival;[5] they played the Main Stage on Saturday 24 July.[6] This followed their first full tour of the UK, which took place over ten dates in April.[7] The Union also played the 2010 Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth on Sunday 1 June.[8]

The band's debut single, "Step up to the Plate", was premiered on Planet Rock on Thursday 18 March, and was available to download from the band's website.[9] The Union announced two shows in late July (between their appearances at High Voltage and Sonisphere) which they were to headline[10] and another UK tour in late September and early October.[11] The band's second single, "Black Monday", was available as a free download in mid-May.[12]

The Union's eponymous debut album was originally scheduled to be released on 16 August 2010;[13] however it was eventually released a week later, on 23 August 2010.[14] "Watch the River Flow", the band's third single, was released on 25 October.[15] It was followed on 13 December by "This Time Next Year" which was the first official 'ChildLine Rocks' single.[16]

At the Classic Rock Awards on 10 November 2010, The Union were named the best new band of the year.[17]

The Union supported Thin Lizzy on tour in January 2011,[16] supported Triggerfinger on a tour of Belgium and The Netherlands in March 2011 [18] and opened for Whitesnake when they toured the UK in June.[19]

Siren's Song[edit]

The Union's second album, Siren's Song was released in October 2011. The title track, "Siren's Song", was released in May 2011.[20] The Union played the "Langford Live" festival in September 2011, in order to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust. The festival, situated in Lower Langford, North Somerset, was headlined by Ocean Colour Scene.[21] The Union embarked on a co-headlining tour of the UK with The Answer in March 2012,[22] and also played alongside them at the Steelhouse Festival in July of the same year, which took place in the vicinity of Ebbw Vale.[23] The Union also made an appearance at the 2012 edition of the Download Festival.[24] Siren's Song was nominated in the 'Album of the Year' category at the 2012 Classic Rock Magazine Awards,[25] although it eventually lost out to Rush's Clockwork Angels.[26]

The World Is Yours[edit]

The Union's third studio album, The World Is Yours, was released on 11 February 2013. The band embarked on a UK tour throughout February in support of the new album.[27] The album was funded by a PledgeMusic campaign,[28] which had already passed the 200 percent mark by November 2012.[25]

Band members[edit]

Current
  • Luke Morley - guitars and backing vocals (2009–present)
  • Peter Shoulder - lead vocals and guitars (2009–present)
  • Chris Childs - bass guitar (2009–present)
  • Phil Martini - drums (2009–present)
  • Dave McCluskey - drums (September 2010–present)
Former
  • Geoff Holroyde - drums (April 2010-August 2010)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[29][30][31]
2010 The Union
  • Release date: 23 August 2010
  • Label: Payola Records
77
2011 Siren's Song
  • Release date: 3 October 2011
  • Label: Payola Records
93
2013 The World Is Yours
  • Release date: 11 February 2013
  • Label: Payola Records
100
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Release date Album
2010 "Step up to the Plate" 2010 The Union
"Black Monday" 2010
"Watch the River Flow" 25 October 2010
"This Time Next Year" 13 December 2010
2011 "Siren's Song" May 2011 Siren's Song
2012 "Make Up Your Mind"/"Obsession" 12 March 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Thunder’s Luke Morley Is Part Of The Union". Classic Rock. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Union". Last.fm. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Union: Live Line-Up Confirmed". Classic Rock. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Union: DVD, Album Update". Classic Rock. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "High Voltage Festival: Six Bands Added". Classic Rock. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "2010 Line Up". High Voltage Festival. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Union Announce Debut Tour". Planet Rock. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Sonispher Adds More Names". Classic Rock. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Union Single To Premiere On Planet Rock". Planet Rock. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "The Union Announce Two Headline Shows". Classic Rock. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "The Union On Tour". Planet Rock. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "Bonus Track Of The Day: The Union". Classic Rock. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "The Union Announce Album". Planet Rock. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "The Union: The Union". Amazon. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "Bonus Track Of The Day: The Union". Classic Rock. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  16. ^ a b "The Union issue charity seasonal single". Planet Rock. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "Slash, AC/DC, Rolling Stones Win At Classic Rock Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "The Union Tour Dates 2011 Announced". Gorockfest. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  19. ^ "The Union To Open For Whitesnake". Planet Rock. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  20. ^ "The Union Give Away New Song". Planet Rock. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  21. ^ "The Union To Play New Festival". Planet Rock. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  22. ^ "The Answer & Union Tickets Go On Sale". Planet Rock. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "The Union, Saint Jude Join Steelhouse Festival". Planet Rock. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  24. ^ "The Union To Play Download Warm-up". Planet Rock. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  25. ^ a b "Pledge Artists Represent at 2012 Classic Rock Magazine Awards". PledgeMusic. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  26. ^ "Classic Rock Roll of Honour winners revealed". Classic Rock. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  27. ^ "The Union To Release "The World Is Yours"". Planet Rock. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  28. ^ "Muse dismiss Exogenesis lawsuit". Classic Rock. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  29. ^ "Chart Log UK: U2 - Utopia". zobbel.de. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  30. ^ "Chart Log UK - Weekly Updates Sales 2011". zobbel.de. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  31. ^ "CHART LOG UK: NEW ENTRIES UPDATE - 23.02.2013". zobbel.de. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 

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